$133,517
Avg. Salary
$58.97
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$15,192

Bonus

$5,057

Profit Sharing

$7,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Principal Architect is $58.97 per hour.

The average pay for a Principal Architect is $133,517 per year.

10%
$38.63
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$58.97
50%
$127.66
90%
90%
MEDIAN $58.97
10%
$90k
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$176k
90%
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MEDIAN $133,517
$89,559 - $175,558
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MEDIAN: $133,517
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$38.63 - $128
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MEDIAN: $58.97
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$0$194K
Salary $89,559 - $175,558
Bonus $4,098 - $31,188
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $20,134
Commission $7,500
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$93,047 - $194,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 550
Hourly Data $0$127
Hourly Rate $38.63 - $128
Overtime $60.00
Annual Data $0$194K
Bonus $4,098 - $31,188
Commission $7,500
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $20,134
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$93,047 - $194,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

Job Description

Principal architects are the subject matter experts for information technology projects, helping guide these projects to completion. They must be able to handle multiple projects, be innovative, and be able to communicate effectively across multiple departments in different degrees of technical detail. When dealing with software, they code new projects, maintain existing ones, and ensure information technology policies are adhered to. They serve as a team leader and are the main point of contact for many major architectural issues. For subordinates, principal architects provide guidance, support, and discipline as needed.

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Principal Architect Tasks
  • Responsible for all architectural design aspects of large or complex projects.
  • Ensure project deliverables are met on time and on budget.
  • Delegate work and provide oversight of group work plans.
  • Manage an architectural team of junior and senior architects as well as administrative personnel.

Common Career Paths


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As Principal Architects make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Senior Principal Architect position pays around the same amount as the Principal Architect job on average. Many Principal Architects choose to become Design Architects and Architects as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $91K less and $89K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Lucky workers who know Enterprise Solutions can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. System Architecture and Cloud Computing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 16 percent and 30 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Design, Project Management, and Software Development. Most people familiar with Design also know Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Principal Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $134,000 based on 9 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 31 salaries. An experienced Principal Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 161 salaries. A Principal Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $148,000 based on 148 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

16%

14%

4%

4%

1%

-4%

National Average: $144,183

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Principal Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Principal Architects will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Chicago (+2 percent), and Dallas (+2 percent). Principal Architects in Irvine earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Washington (14 percent less) and Houston (11 percent less).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Principal Architect?

Principal Architect in Manhattan:
"Small but active community."
Pros: The community and its culture.
Cons: Cost of living.

Principal Architect in San Francisco:
"Food, culture, beauty, traffic."
Pros: San Francisco
Cons: Cost of living

Principal Architect in Santa Clara:
"Principal architect of an IT Services company."
Pros: Help you to get a broader knowledge on technology solutions, running an account, manage your team and many challenges to meet with.
Cons: Have to play with constraints of your budget and resources. Frustrating when interacting with multiple teams and unrealistic deadlines.

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Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
53%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲3%

▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$144,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Enterprise Solutions
▲33%

System Architecture
▲18%

Cloud Computing
▲18%

Java
▲15%

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
▲11%


National Average
$144,000


Software Development
▼3%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%